WHEN FICTION CAN MAKE FACT
For the longest time, Hollywood has inspired the world to bigger and better. Arguably, the growing augmented reality market today began while we gaped at Tom Cruise using a gesture-based user interface in Minority Report, and Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0- which just got released recently- is really a fulfilling of dreams begun in 1989 when Marty McFly sported a pair in Back to the Future.
But it’s not just tech where fantasy has become reality. The number of guys who started working out seriously after watching Brad Pitt flex in Fight club is immeasurable, and given we spend as much time on our Playstations as we do watching movies, even fit gaming characters like Kratos have the power to inspire- which is why we put the Game of War character on our cover this issue.
Here’s two other movie moments I pop into Youtube to watch whenever I need some fitspiration below. 1. Rocky IV’s training montage. To avenge the death of Apollo Creed, the Italian Stallion exiles himself to Siberia to train for a fight against Soviet cyborg Ivan Drago. While Drago trains like a high-tech maniac under the scrutiny of Russian scientists, Rocky goes analog by way of lifting rocks, outrunning cars, and shoulder-pressing ox yokes. 2. Christian Bale’s Crazy Cardio In American Psycho “In the morning if my face is a little puffy I'll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1,000 now.” So says the titular Psycho, played by a lean and ripped Christian Bale. The rest of his routine, which also includes jumping rope and calisthenics, is fairly basic but, hey, it was the ’80s. CrossFit hadn’t been invented yet.
And here’s a bonus one- go check out Jean Claude Van Damme’s crazy training route in the old-but-gold classic Kickboxer. You’re welcome.